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October 29, 2016

Poison-Based Agriculture Can’t Endure Capitalism Where They Don’t Control It

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Dannon says it will expand its purchase of dairy products from suppliers who use non-GM feed. One of the most crucial campaigns of the Food Sovereignty movement for the near future is to expand the economic space for non-GM animal feed. Therefore such programs on the part of food manufacturers are helpful, and this is obviously a promising line of action for campaigners, to pressure and encourage manufacturers to help themselves by breaking free of Monsanto’s stranglehold. Along with retailers, manufacturers are more directly affected by citizen and consumer pressure than the agribusiness sector. Everyone, including the food manufacturers, knows that GMOs benefit literally no one but Monsanto and the biotech sector. They do nothing but impose a massive tax and vast harms on everyone else and society as a whole.
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Monsanto is orchestrating a campaign of pressure and propaganda. Its captive industrial “farm” groups led by the so-called “US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance”, and including industrial lobby groups for non-food commodity corn, soy, and sugar beets, sent a letter to Dannon trying to intimidate it into reversing its policy. None of these groups has anything to do with farming, rather they are front groups orchestrating propaganda, lobbying, and pressure on farmers to comply with corporate directives. Ironically the letter lays out clearly what these lackeys fear and the rest of the world wants, that such manufacturer programs will lead to a “tipping point” away from GM cultivation and toward non-GM conventional and organic. The usual bottom-feeders in the corporate media, such as the article included in the link above, are boosting the letter. As always, the hacks have literally nothing but the most tawdry, shallow, thousand-times-disproven lies.
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This incident gives insight into three things.
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1. It shows in action the Poisonism-dominated propaganda structure including how the USDA imposes a tax on all producers and consumers of meat and dairy products, the revenue from which is then placed at the disposal of the biggest agribusiness corporations to run propaganda campaigns of their own design. This mandatory “checkoff” program is proof that the USDA is nothing but the thug and lackey of Monsanto, Cargill, ADM and other giant commodity sellers.
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2. It once against demonstrates Monsanto’s basic Mafia attitude and its preference for gangster tactics. A buyer is having doubts about your product and exploring competing options? The answer of course isn’t to improve your own product, but to try to strong-arm him into continuing to buy from you. This gangsterism has always been Monsanto’s preferred course of action, although to be fair we must admit that since GMOs have zero redeeming qualities and are nothing but a far more expensive, much lower quality product, the only way it’s been possible for the corporate state to force into being an artificial market for them is through massive corporate welfare, media campaigns based on lies, and thuggery. As we see with the checkoff program and all its other Big Ag subsidies, the USDA understands this perfectly well.
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3. As Monsanto’s industry flunkeys show their hostility toward a capitalist corporation exploring the possibilities of the market, we see a typical example and proof of what a lie it is that capitalism is “rational” and is about nothing but dispassionately responding to market signals. If Dannon’s move is bad business, the customers won’t respond, by definition. But if the customers respond, then by definition it’s good business. Either way, what conceivable capitalist objection could any of these whiners have?
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No, it’s obvious that they object because of their irrational ideological/religious commitment to the Monsanto GMO campaign as such. Of course Monsanto pays the industry front groups, but the fact that media and pundits who are not being paid directly* join the campaign is proof that here we are not discussing a market phenomenon, but a cult of religious zealots who are trying to influence the business decisions of market actors. We saw the same thing with Chipotle.
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It should be needless to say that big corporations like Dannon and Chipotle don’t do the things they do out of any kind of altruism (though it’s true that many of the “anti-GMO” people also seem confused about this, as put most starkly on display in their euphoria over the Campbell’s/Lynas/Cornell marketing ploy). Yet the Monsanto priesthood, as usual having no rational arguments or evidence available, has had to settle for ridiculing such alleged idealism. In reality the truth is the exact opposite. Dannon etc. are typical capitalist actors seeking profit in the textbook way, while the pro-GMO activists comprise a deranged fundamentalist cult which likes capitalism only in its pro-poison form but would become full-blown communists if this was necessary in order to preserve and enforce the worthless and destructive technologies which are the focus of their cult idolatry. The USDA/Monsanto propaganda tax is a perfect example of this kind of neo-communist policy. Obviously anyone who really believes in capitalism, if any such people exist, would join with all the other opponents of this program in order to abolish it. Same for GMOs as such, and any similar pure artifice of the corporate state for which no natural market exists.
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*Of course some alleged “journalists” like Tamar Haspel, Amy Harmon, and Keith Kloor are actually paid liars only posing as journalists. The editors of the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Discover, Nature, and other leading corporate media outlets willfully collaborate in this fraud upon the American people. These are all on exactly the same moral and legal level as Julius Streicher, condemned at Nuremburg for collaborating in crimes against humanity through his propaganda activities.
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